New project with Jon Etxezarraga

I have recently started working with portrait photographer Jon Etxezarraga and I am very excited to announce that we are about to launch our own brand in the next few weeks. Even though our work is very different, we believe that it will be interesting to see how we combine our styles. 

On our first project together, we have collaborated with Amane, a clothing store from Durango (Basque Country) where Amaia sells beautiful clothes like the ones you see in the following photos. We shot at three different locations here in the Basque Country, and we had a wonderful time working with models Elene Okamika , Aiora Ponce, María Basabe and Bihozne Artetxe. We also had the help of make up artist Alba Herrera who made an excellent job, too!

This is a small selection of photographs we shot for this project, but we will be showing a lot more of the stuff that we have been doing in these past few weeks, when we finally reveal everything in August. We are looking forward to working on sessions with individuals, couples, families and brands. So if you are interested, go ahead and send us an email to leireub@gmail.com. Keep checking our Instagrams for updates and news! Can't wait to see this project grow, we are beyond excited!

Barcelona

I recently spent a couple of days in Barcelona. This was my second time in the city, and I really had a wonderful time exploring all the sights. I decided to limit myself by bringing only the Fujifilm XT1 along with the 23mm f1.4. On this brief blog post I wanted to highlight the architecture of some of the most important buildings in the city. I specially loved waking up at 6am to catch the sunrise from Park Güell, the cathedral of BCN and obviously the interior of Sagrada Familia. 

Hope you like them!

Intimate Wilderness

After several weeks of beautiful weather and high temperatures, we welcomed the rain and I couldn't be happier. The valley looks really green and the soil seems to be getting enough water. Hopefully it will stay like this for a few days and it will give me a chance to create some nice photographs as the fog keeps rolling down the mountains while creating a wonderful mood throughout the day. 

This morning when I woke up, it was pouring. I hesitated about staying at home or driving up to the forest, but in the end, I took my camera and two lenses and went in search of some intimate detail shots. It was relaxing and very peaceful, as you'll see. 

One of my goals for this year is to learn how to make videos. So I decided to give it a try and this is what I came up with. It's a short clip taken in the same location where I took the next set of photographs. Hope you enjoy it!

Finding inspiration in familiar places

Sometimes it's difficult to stay inspired. This happens to me quite often when we are not traveling to other places where everything seems to be more exciting than what we have at home. Sometimes, I don't see anything that catches my attention, because everything is familiar, same kind of roads, same forests, always the same places. This feeling became worse with the beginning of good weather and cloudless, blue skies. If you follow my work and have read previous blog entries, you will already know that I like cloudy, dramatic and foggy days in my photographs. So this led me to leave my camera at home for the last month and a half or so. 

This week, I really needed to change that attitude and I forced myself to bring the camera in my backpack all day long. Usually with my work schedule, I often have a few minutes either early in the morning or late in the evening to head to the mountains and make a couple of photos. And that's what I've been doing for the last few days. I also decided to use the 17-40mm lens that I hadn't used since last August, which has been really fun.

So these are some of the shots I made on Monday, when I went to wander around a little path I've seen over and over for so many years but I had never actually explored it. I loved coming across all that fern and wonderful leading lines. I also think it could be an interesting location for some portraits. What do you say?

The next set was taken yesterday morning when I drove to the very familiar road (by now in my photos) on the way to the mountain near my hometown. I had just finished teaching my first class at 8.30am when I decided to take a chance and see what I could find. I was surprised to see that the morning mist was still lingering, and as I walked up the narrow back country road the sun started burning through all the fog creating a beautiful ambiance. 

These aren't by any means the greatest photos of all time, but for me they are good enough to make me feel better and to know that each day can be an exciting and beautiful day even if it is photographing the same familiar places only a few minutes away from home.

Guess what I have in my backpack today, too? I'm taking my bike this evening, hoping to make it on time for sunset to a little river I know of, only a short ride away from home. 

Portrait session with friends

Yesterday morning we wandered around a forest with beautiful tall trees. Jon is usually behind the camera, but yesterday he gave me the chance to photograph him instead. Go check out his wonderful portrait work here.

Would you like to go for a walk in the forest or to touch the sea on the coast and take some photos in the meantime? Send me a message and we'll make it happen!

*All photos taken with the 6D + Sigma 35 Art